The Art of Flight

Back when I was in high school I was really in to skateboarding and snowboard, actually one of my first websites was a skateboarding website! After high school though I really lost interest in both skateboarding and snowboarding. I think the main reason was that I did not have that many people to go with and I was just so busy with college and starting to build ThinkComputers. A while ago I saw the trailer for The Art of Flight and it looked awesome. Check it out below…

What really surprised me about this movie was how much publicity it was receiving. The first time I saw the trailer was during the previews at a movie theater. That is pretty much unheard of for an action-sports movie. It was also all over the internet, on YouTube etc. This weekend I decided to check it out and I was not disappointed at all.

The movie follows professional snowboarder Travis Rice and his friends to some of the craziest places in the world. Watching this movie I just thought to myself, “They can’t be serious!?!?!”. Some of the mountains they go down are just insane, like straight down, tons of rocks etc. It really shows the courage and skill level of these guys. The movie is really about going places people have never been before.

The visuals in the movie are epic. I watched the HD version of this movie and you should if you get the chance. You can really get a sense of the scale of things and that really makes you go…WOW. The visuals also show you how beautiful and scenic the places they go are. This has to be the most well put together action-sports movie I have ever seen. Not only with the amazing visuals, but the soundtrack and the way the story is told. It is not all snowboarding, but also the adventure of getting to these amazing destinations that they visit.

Also there are some great quotes from the film, here are a couple…

“Experiencing the world through endless second-hand information isn’t enough, if we want authenticity we have to initiate it.”

“We’ll never know our full positional unless we push ourselves to find it. It’s this self-discovery that takes us to the wildest places on earth.”

“It’s not the destination, but the adventure along the way.”

The movie really made me want to get back in to snowboarding. If you have ever been snowboarding you know the feeling of going down a slope and just feeling alone and peaceful. This movie brings back that feeling. Definitely check out this movie if you get a chance, even if you are not into action-sports you will enjoy it. Here is another trailer!

Typical Haters…

I think just about everyone has at least one hater. You know someone that has to say something negative about everything that you do, that takes the time out of their day to try and bring you down. We all know one person in our life that does this and if you are in any way successful you have a good amount of haters.

I’ve had quite a few haters over the years. First it started with people who said I couldn’t make ThinkComputers a real business. They would say I could never make money off of a website or that it would never work out. I just look at them and laugh and ask them how their 9 to 5 that they complain about so much is going. I also remind them that ThinkComputers has been my main business for almost 10 years now!

Another type of hater that I have come across is people who don’t like me because I am successful and I am well liked. That is probably about the dumbest thing I have ever heard of. Why would you hate me for being successful? Shouldn’t you want to learn so maybe you can become successful too? They just waste their time hating instead of seeing what I am doing to become successful and learning from it. Yes I have a good amount of friends, but is that a reason to hate on me? Maybe you don’t have any friends because you are negative all the time?

Talking about being negative all the time I was dating this girl not that long ago and I was telling her about launching the ThinkComputers YouTube channel and her response was, “Who wants to watch you?” Then I also told her about getting a national client for my new company and her response was, “Who would want to hire you?” Well as you can guess I am no longer dating that girl. No one wants to be around someone who is negative all the time!

You may think that having haters is a bad thing, but honestly it serves as great motivation. I love it when someone says something I do will never succeed. It makes me strive even harder to make it successful. You know you are doing something right when people are hating on you. Sorry if this post was a little out of left field, just something I have been thinking about lately. And on the subject of haters…

Logging the Hours This Week!

A while back I logged my hours and I came out only working 20 hours a week! This was back in 2007 so how many hours a week and I working now in 2011? Well at the end of the week we will find out! I feel like I am much more productive these days and I am getting more work done. This is a perfect way to see if I actually am! The main reason I am doing this is to see how exactly I am spending my days and which days I work the longest.

I am using an iPhone app called aTimeLogger to log my hours. This app is really cool and easy to use. If you want to keep track of anything such as work time, workout time, sleep time etc it is the perfect app and it saves all your data so you can look at it months later.

So how many hours do you think I will work this week? I am going to be tracking for a full 7 days. The average person works around 40 hours a week, so let’s see if I get around that mark. Anyways hope everyone is enjoying their Monday!

Becoming Personal Again…

Well the other night I went back and read every post I’ve ever written on this blog. I think I just wanted to look back over the past 6 years, but I noticed something. Up until a few years ago I was really being personal, talking about what was going on in my life, how my business’s were going etc. I honestly love reading those posts again, seeing how motivated I was and seeing the encouragement from friends and other people who commented on the blog.

Well after a night of thinking I really need to start blogging like that again. No only is it a good way to start up a great conversation again (no one really comments here anymore!) but it is also a great way for people to see what I am going through and how things are going. This also is going to serve as good motivation to get back in to personal blogging. I admit for the past 2 years this blog has been quite dormant, so hopefully I will be keeping it up to date like I used to.

One thing I really enjoyed about blogging back then was the group of bloggers I became friends with. As of right now only 2 of those people maintain blogs now. So I am going to start looking for some great personal blogs to check out and comment on. Obviously this blog will not be all personal things, I will still be talking about things that interested me, giving you tips and other things I want to write about.

Stay tuned a lot of great post are to come!

Kitchen Confidential

I watch a lot of cooking shows, probably because I enjoy cooking so much. Many of the shows I watch for free on Hulu. A few days ago I was watching a show on Hulu and a commercial came on for a show called Kitchen Confidential. The show looked really funny so I decided to check it out. After watching the first episode I was hooked! The show takes place in a New York restaurant and shows all of the antics the staff off the restaurant get into.

I was surprised I had not heard of this show before. Doing some research I found out this show actually aired in 2005! And it was based on Anthony Bourdain’s New York Times bestselling book, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly. I have never read that book, but I am a big Anthony Bourdain fan. Here is a trailer for the show.

I should have expected the show to be older because many of the actors and actresses are big movie stars now. Bradley Cooper plays the character that is supposed to be Anthony Bourdain. The cast also includes John Cho, Jaime King and John Daley.

I am very surprised there was only one season of this show. I am really enjoying it so far, I am on the 5th episode right now. You can watch the entire run of the show for free on Hulu.